The New York Jets were written off by many a year ago, but the team had a strong season with some big wins, finishing the year at .500. This season, the team looks to better that mark, and they spent some money in free agency to help achieve that goal.
This year’s draft could be one that the team looks back on as a difference-maker, as they hold 12 draft picks, more than any other club in football.
New York Jets (8-8)
Draft picks (by round)
Round 1 – 18
Round 2 – 49
Round 3 – 80
Round 4 – 104, 115, 137
Round 5 – 154
Round 6 – 195, 209, 210, 213
Round 7 – 233
Here are five things to expect from the Jets on draft day:
Jets 2014 NFL Draft Predictions
They select an offensive skill player in the first round
The team visited with North Carolina’s Eric Ebron recently, and apparently covet the Tar Heel, but he’s likely to be gone by the time they make their first pick. It seems more likely that one of the draft’s top wideouts will be putting on the green and white.
USC’s Marqise Lee, Florida State Kelvin Benjamin, or Oklahoma State’s Brandin Cooks are all viable candidates for the starting job alongside Eric Decker this upcoming season. With Geno Smith now running the show, it’s about time the team got with the times and opened up their offense.
They select another offensive skill player in the second round
If they do go with a wide receiver in the first round, the Jets could target someone like Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro in the second round. He’s someone who can play out of the slot and serve as a safety valve for the team’s still-raw quarterback.
They find an impact cornerback in the middle rounds
The team let Antonio Cromartie walk via free agency, leaving a pretty big void for the team to fill, one that Dee Milliner isn’t ready to fill just yet. After he was selected in the first round a year ago, they won’t be looking to take a player that high at the same position for a second consecutive year.
Even still, don’t be surprised if defensive-whiz Rex Ryan nets himself an impact player somewhere in the middle rounds. Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy fits the bill, and could still be around when the Jets make their third round selection. Like everyone associated with the Florida program, his stock took a bit hit this past season, but he’s a talented player that could step in right away.
They re-stock the linebacking corps
David Harris certainly isn’t getting any younger, and Bart Scott’s absence still looms large. It feels like it’s about time for the team to re-stock the cupboard.
The team drafts ever more offensive skill position players late in the draft
It really is an area of need for a Jets team that has largely ignored it in recent years. After so many years of getting it wrong, the team could just grab a bunch of bodies and see who survives training camp.
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